MRCSSI has been active with a variety of programs in the past in cooperation with our community partners and academic partners to pursue research-oriented projects as well as community engagement projects

Aging Well: Partnering to optimize social network and support for older immigrants in Ontario

A three-year, multi-site project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This project looks at both informal networks and formal social services available to older adult immigrants in four cities across Ontario (London, Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo), which are selected on the grounds of their size and immigrant populations. The targeted populations […]

Emerging Voices: How Syrian Newcomers and Other Key Stakeholders Perceive Canada’s Three Sponsorship Programs for Refugee (Re)settlement Consent Agreement – Syrian newcomers

This research study was a one-year, multi-site project, funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The study aimed to look at how to understand and improve the three programs- Government Assisted Refugee, Blended Visa, and Privately Sponsored- under which refugees are resettled in Canada. This was achieved by collecting data from Syrian refugees […]

Faith and Settlement Partnership: Setting Canada and newcomers up for Success

The purpose of this two-year (2016-2018) Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project is to collaboratively study partnerships among faith-based and government-funded settlement organizations in Ontario. This will be done in order to determine how these partnerships can better lead to positive settlement outcomes for newcomers, and ultimately benefit Canadian society. This project […]

The Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations

A five year project (2015-2020), funded by Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHC). The project is co-directed by Dr. Peter Jaffe, Western University, and Dr. Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph, and involves more than 70 organizations/individuals including MRCSSI. The project is conducting cooperative, cross-sectoral research to explore micro and macro level risk factors that may […]

Pre-and-Post Migration Stressors and Marital Relations Among Arab Refugee Families in Canada

An international research collaboration in partnership with Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), University of Guelph, and the University of Calgary. The project assessed the impact of pre-and-post migration on marital relations and family dynamics among Arab refugee families; and, examined the role of professional service providers in supporting these Arab refugee families. The recommendations are: […]

Collaborative work with the Children’s Aid Society

In the last year, we dealt with 227 cases involving 185 individual clients and 42 service organizations. Of the total number of cases, 43 involved family conflict and violence, 21 involved mental health and emotional issues, and 51 involved children’s behavioural issues and child protection. The Children’s Aid Society of Middlesex and London was involved […]


The Safe Integration Project was developed prevent and respond to family violence within newcomer families coming from conflict zones. It focuses on identifying risk factors of family violence related to pre-migration stressors as well as cultural differences in the early stages of their arrival of these families to Canada. It was implemented in collaboration with […]


The Family Safety Program looks to ensure the safety of families in crisis situations. In working with local organizations like the London Police Service and Children’s Aid Society, we have been able to prevent family violence and significantly reduce the number of Muslim and Arab children in foster care. The Family Safety Program intervenes and […]


Chiefly funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Shared Journey Project (SJP) is the sharing of the experience of engagement between community and mainstream child protection services in London, Ontario to keep families safe and in their community. The purpose of the Shared Journey Project is the transfer of MRCSSI’s “culturally integrative model of child […]


As part of the Family Honour Project, Reclaim Honour is an engagement and awareness project funded by Status of Women Canada that works to promote honour and prevent violence against girls and women through the support of the community. What is Reclaim Honour? Reclaim Honour is a community engagement project shaped by young Muslim women […]